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What do you know about the history of sport in Nigeria?

It’s a little-known fact that the first football match that I went to see was a friendly between Japan and Nigeria at the St Mary’s stadium in Southampton. I’m not a huge football fan and the weather was bleak (torrential rain), but the atmosphere was electric. The fans were incredibly Read more…


Do you remember when I went cycling in Japan?

Cold cycling in Japan

In April, my husband (Stu) and I went cycling in Japan with our friend, Jez. He has finally finished editing his beautiful photos and blogging about the trip. If you are interested in cycling or Japan, you should have a look. His blog is less wordy than mine and he Read more…


What’s the most amazing place you have swum, biked or run (or all three)?

For me it would have to be Japan. I didn’t do a lot of swimming there (I’m not sure that bathing in the onsen [hot springs] counts), but I did plenty of running and cycling. I travelled there in April with my husband, Stuart and our friend Jez. We spent Read more…


The impact of World War II on Japan – Hiroshima and Himeji

Last night’s sleep was a lot better, which was a relief. I went to bed quite early and wasn’t disturbed too much. I woke at 5:45 and decided that I might as well get up as that would give me an hour to get ready. Granola with beans After a Read more…


Takayama to Tsumago

My Giant Defy overlooking a cherry tree in bloom

Yet another early start today to ensure that we would have enough time to look around Tsumago. Despite going to bed at 10pm, I was exhausted by the time the alarm went off at 6am, as Stuart was coughing and snoring all night. Breakfast was a pot of yoghurt with fruit and Read more…


Shinkansen to Kanazawa

Tamsyn with some fried yams in Kanazawa

Our train for Kanazawa was at 10:30 this morning, so we got up at 7:30am. This gave us enough time to finish packing before leaving our hotel. Getting to Tokyo Station At 9am, Jez joined us at our hotel and we wheeled/carried/dragged our bikes to Ryogoku station. We had to go Read more…


Jez’s arrival in Japan

Our friend, Jez, arrived in Japan today, so we agreed to travel out to Haneda Airport to meet him. Fortunately, Haneda is not as far from where we are staying as Narita is, so we were able to leave our hotel at 8am. Haneda Airport The weather had been forecast Read more…


Vegan food, clothes shopping, Harajuku girls and some Japanese pro wrestlers

Delicious vegan lunch

Today was the first day since we arrived in Japan that we haven’t needed to set an early alarm. Stu was excited as he thought this meant that we could eat breakfast (a meal we’ve not had yet in Japan). Unfortunately, we were both so tired that we slept until 10:30am and Read more…


Sumo and Sky Tree

Men wrestling at a sumo stable

.It was another early start today, as we had signed up for a running tour that started at 8am. We’d chosen this excursion as we had read that we might be able to see some sumo wrestling. We weren’t sure how busy the subway would be at that time on a Read more…


Tokyo via Helsinki…

Jizu statues wearing red hats and capes

Our journey to Tokyo started at 5:45am as we wanted to be on the road by 6:30am. This was a fortunate decision. We had travelled less than five miles before getting stuck in a traffic jam. The traffic was slow-moving for an almost an hour, which gave me plenty of time to ponder Read more…